Kerala Signs Agreement with Netherlands for Cosmos Malabaricus Project

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The state government of Kerala signed an agreement with the Netherlands for the Cosmos Malabaricus project. The deadline fixed for the completion of the project is six years.

The project was signed to bring more truths about the history of the southern state between 1643 and 1852 and also to establish paint academics at Kollam and Malappuram.

The project would help understand more about the political, social, economic and cultural history of Kerala. The project is to make the digitized Dutch archival material accessible to international and Indian scholars and the people of Kerala. The students from Kerala would get an opportunity to pursue Master of Arts programmes at Leiden University, as part of this project.

Kerala Council for Historical Research (KCHR) is the implementing agency of the Cosmos Malabaricas project in association with the National Archives of the Netherlands and the University of Leiden. KCHR functions under the Department of Higher Education. They will focus on developing their digital Dutch and English language inventories and familiarising Indian archivists and historians 

The representatives from both sides who signed the agreement were Mr.Pinarayi Vijayan - CM of Kerala - and Mr.Marten van den Berg - Netherlands Ambassador to India.

The new Paint Academy will be established at the IIICC campus at Chavara, Kollam will impart training in painting buildings. The academy will train 380 people in the first year.

   Important points for the exam:

  • The state government of Kerala and the Netherlands signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the Cosmos Malabaricus project.
  • The project aimed at bringing more truths about the history of the southern state in the 17th and 18th centuries.
  • The project will be implemented by the Kerala Council for Historical Research (KCHR) and National Archives of the Netherlands and the University of Leiden.
  • For the first three years, 2 Keralite students would get an opportunity to pursue MA Degrees at Leiden University, while those from the Netherlands would be allowed to take up an internship at the KCHR.
  • The state also collaborated with the European country for the establishment of paint academies in Kollam and Malappuram.

    Facts to know:

  • Governor of Kerala: Mr.Arif Mohammad Khan.
  • CM of Kerala: Mr.Pinarayi Vijayan.
  • Capital of Netherlands: Amsterdam.
  • The official currency of the Netherlands: Euro.
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